Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
This last one is a sympathy card for my friend who recently lost her Dalmatian, hence the black and white. I didn't have a Dalmatian stamp, so I used this one from Whipper Snapper, Sweet Sniffs of Spring, and made him look like a Dalmatian (well, sort of...use your imagination!). The image was colored with Prismacolor pencils. I think I added Crystal Effects to his nose (I don't remember because I sent it out a while ago as soon as I made it). I wanted to make this a black and white card, so I chose this patterned paper from DCWV called All Dressed Up (it's a great pack!). The ribbon (yes, that's ribbon running vertically) is something I picked up in a sale bin at Walmart. I chose to add the red to coordinate with the flower. It needed something else, so I added the paw print.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Stamps: Serene Spring, Simple Little Things (PTI sentiment)
Paper: Sage shadow, chocolate chip, really rust, vanilla, Outlaw dp
Ink: Adirondack espresso
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, cb and folder, metalic rub on paste, dimensionals, word window punch, white gel pen
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Stamps: Dreams du Jour (SU), Limitless Labels (PTI), Friendship Blooms (Gina K Designs)
Paper: River rock, soft sky, vanilla, soft sky and ginger blossom dp
Ink: River rock, copic marker
Accessories: River rock and soft sky ribbon, prima flowers, crystal brad, crystal stickles, small and large oval punches, nestabilities, blender pen
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Now what kind of "great aunt" would I be if I didn't brag about my niece and nephew? So here are some pictures from today's party.
Kristoff and Andrea...isn't she pretty?
Kristoff is digging into his "smash" cake I made for him!
He found a better way to have his cake and eat it too!
Yum! What a cutie!
Thanks for letting me gush a little. I have no little ones of my own, so it's nice to be able to show off my family once in a while! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: It's a Celebration, Piece of Cake
Paper: Blue bayou, real red, certainly celery, pumpkin pie, white, Cosmo Cricket Links and Broadwith
Ink: Blue bayou, real red, certainly celery, summer sun, Versamark
Accessories: Circle punches, dimensionals
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
As I was sitting there watching TV, I was pondering how I was going to do this color challenge and combine it with today's sketch challenge. I was watching an old episode of Two and a Half Men. It's the one with Denise Richards in it (the then Mrs. Charlie Sheen). They even had their actual daughter, Sam, in the episode as well. In the bedroom scene, I noticed the room was painted in an amethyst color and guess what the accents were? You got it...yellow and green! I couldn't believe it! The curtains were sort of a chintz pattern in a cream color with yellow and amethyst flowers with green leaves! So there you have it! My inspiration! And here is my card.
I tried to find a flower that was soft and resembled a chintz pattern. I came up with a retired SU set called Simple Sketches. It's actually a 3-step stamp and I used the middle stamp for this. It was just soft and "sketchy" enough to give me the look I wanted. The base of the card looked bare, so I took the same stamp and used Versamark to give the background some life. I did the same to the wasabi strip. The yellow scallop piece was run through the cuttlebug using the Distressed Stripes folder. The main image is on dimensionals. The pearls on the wasabi stripe are from Hero Arts, and the larger one in the middle of the prima flower is from Martha Stewart's collection. I left off a sentiment...this could be used for pretty much any occasion. Thanks for stopping by! I noticed I have over 5,000 hits on my blog so far! Thanks so much for looking!
Stamps: Simple Sketches
Paper: Almost amethyst, wild wasabi, barely banana, vintage cream (PTI)
Ink: Almost amethyst, wild wasabi, barely banana, Versamark
Accessories: Pearls, dimensionals, cuttlebug and Distressed Stripes folder, nestabilities, Prima flower
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Stamps: Text Boxed, Limitless Labels, Ambassador Monogram (all PTI)
Paper: Blue bayou, certainly celery, real red, white, Cosmo Cricket Broadwith
Ink: Real red
I immediately thought of this bike from SU's Time for You. Maria's bike doesn't have a basket (that was the first thing I asked her about it), but she wants one! Crazy, I know! Anyway, I used copics to color it and used the silver Spica glitter pen on the chain, on the middle of the wheels where the spokes come together, and on the horn. I also used the lemon Spica glitter pen on the middle of the flowers. It was cut and embossed with Nestabilities. Now I knew I needed a witty sentiment...something like "ride on baby". I was going through my stash of stamps and came across this MFT Twisted Sentiments set. (I looked for it on their website to link it, but couldn't find it. I don't know why.) When I saw this, I thought it would be perfect! I used Berry Bliss paper along with close to cocoa and pretty in pink. I love the addition of the flowers...I'm on a mission to use them more often. Now for the inside. I wrote my sentiment on there before I took the picture, so I had to crop it out (my handwriting is terrible and I didn't want you to see it!). Here is the inside with another Twisted Sentiment.
I wanted her to feel like she is "all that" on her cotton candy pink bicycle! I'll have to get a picture of it and post it here! I hope you get some whistles on that thing, Maria! Hope you enjoyed my post and thanks for stopping by! (PS...I'm also entering this as today's Inspiration Challenge. There were two wedding cakes in pink and brown decorated with circles. As I thought about it later, I guess I did use the colors and circle theme as my inspiration!)
Stamps: SU Time for You; MFT Twisted Sentiments
Paper: Pretty in pink, close to cocoa, white, Berry Bliss dp
Ink: Adirondack Espresso, copic markers
Accessories: Prima flowers, brads, glue dots, dimensionals, Spica glitter pens, nestabilities
Thursday, July 10, 2008
set. The square was a little too large, but will work beautifully on another project, I'm sure! I used the Ginger Blossoms dp and Cameo Coral, River Rock, Groovy Guava, and Ruby red cardstock and ink. Each one was done a little differently, but they all coordinate. I did two landscape and two portrait just to mix it up a bit. I also placed the monogram in different places on the strip. I used decorative scissors to do the scallops on the cardstock (my SU scallop punch is in transit...I should have it next week), and used SU's scallop circle punch as well. The base is of the notecard is vanilla. The three little flowers is the stamp from Live Your Dreams and it finished off and balanced out the card nicely. Now, I couldn't just let these beautiful notecards just float around without a home! They needed a folder in which to reside! So this is what I made.
I took a whole sheet of Groovy Guava cardstock, scored it at 5 1/2", then at 2 1/4" to create the pocket inside. I used the sticky strip red-line tape to close up the pockets. The ribbon is run through a hole punched with the slot punch. The sentiment is from SU's retired Vintage Postcard (my first SU set, and I still love it!). You can add some envelopes in the other pocket and maybe some stamps to have handy. This is a nice gift to give (to someone else or to yourself!)
There's a new blog in cyber-town called Color Throwdown, and they are going to be issuing weekly color combinations. LeAnne Pugliese (Wee Inklings) is this week's host and I just had to play. I also have to give her this shout-out because she is always leaving nice comments on this blog...thanks LeAnne, and great color challenge this week! The colors she chose were Sage Shadow, Regal Rose, and Pretty in Pink. What great colors to work with! My next card is a sort of a case of one of my own I did recently (seen here) using PTI paper and sentiment stamp. Since I had to use SU for my class again, I used this color challenge and came up with this card.
This card also showcases some retiring stamps. The Sage Shadow base was stamped in Versamark with retiring Print Patterns bg stamp. The main image is from retiring Blossoms Abound. It's a two-step stamp and requires using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamped Pretty in Pink with the first stamp, then Regal Rose with the second layered over the first image. For the stem and leaves I needed two colors as well to get the dimension, however I didn't want to introduce another color. So, I stamped the stem and leaves (which is one stamp) in the Sage Shadow. The ligher color is also Sage Shadow...just stamped off once before I stamped it on the main image. Perfect for what I needed and no new color! The dp is from the Hostess Prints Pack (which is also retiring). I chose this dp because it also has a diamond pattern like the bg. The sentiment is from retired Happy Harmony stamped in Regal Rose. The four white brads and pretty in pink satin ribbon finish it off. I did use my new Spica clear glitter pen I just received from MFT in the mail today. There are 13 colors in the set and the colors are really sparkily! The clear one is very subtle. I just colored over the flower and the leaves. You really can't see it unless it picks up some light, then it shimmers! Well that's it for this long post! I have to finish preparing for my class tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Blossoms Abound, Happy Harmony, Print Pattern bg
Paper: Sage shadow, regal rose, pretty in pink, pretty in pink dp, white
Ink: Sage shadow, regal rose, pretty in pink, Versamark
Accessories: Pretty in pink satin ribbon, stamp-a-ma-jig, circle and scallop punches, ticket corner punch, brads, dimensionals, Spica glitter pen
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Anyway, onto this card. One of the teachers on my 5th grade team retired this year. Carol will be greatly missed by all of us! She is very crafty, and one of her passions is sewing. She altered all the wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses of our staff and their families, along with other miscellaneous alterations. I purchased this set, Happy Re-turns, from Gina K designs because of the sewing machine image! I started out with today's color challenge CC174 which was groovy guava, barely banana, and chocolate chip. It took a while to figure out which combination I was going to use and changed along the way. I stamped the image in black on the banana and colored it with my white Prismacolor pencil and accented parts with a silver pen. I got the idea for this card from this card by Julie Koerber. I couldn't find my container of old buttons (I found it after I finished the card, of course!), so I used prima flowers. I just happened to have the right colors, and I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to use more of them, so it worked out. The centers of the flowers are something I picked up at Michael's called "Bangle Bling". They were with the jewelry making items and were on sale. They sort of looked like buttons to me. I attached them with a mini glue dot. I said before that this card changed along the way...I was originally going to use the opposite side of the dp (it has lines that look like stiches). But when I decided to use this diamond cuttlebug folder, I had to use the argyle side of the dp to match! The last thing I did was color in the spool of thread on the sewing machine with a blender pen and the ink from the lid. I colored outside the lines on one side. It seems I always do something at the end to mess something up! Oh well, please ignore that mess! I'm not 100% in love with this card. I was very restricted because of the colors, but I think it came out ok. It really does look better IRL (don't they all?). Well, thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think.
Stamps: Happy Re-turns
Paper: Barely banana, groovy guava, chocolate chip, chocolate chip dp
Ink: Adirondack pitch black
Accessories: Mavy oval scallop punches, ribbon, prima flowers, bling, glue dots, dimensionals, Prismacolor pencils, silver pen, cuttlebug folder, decorative scissors, daubers for sponging
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Stamps: Blossoms Abound, PTI Mixed Messages
Paper: PTI Plum pudding, vintage cream, guidelines dp
Ink: Plum pudding, lavender moon, wild wasabi, certainly celery, versamark
Accessories: SU pink taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, nestabilities, clear embossing powder, Scor-pal
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Today's sketch was perfect for what I wanted to do with this Karen Lockhart image I just got last week at my LSS, Buffalo Stamps & Stuff. I left a little white cardstock above the image to accommodate the sketch and used it to tie this fabulous star ribbon onto. I purchased it at AC Moore (it was on a roll of 4 ft. for $1). It worked so nicely. I first colored the image with copic markers (there are about 15 different colors going on in this one little image)! Then I went looking for red and blue dp to match. I came up with SU's Cutie Pie and retired Cerise. I can't wait for SU's new catalog to come out to see what new dp they have. I just love their papers lately! I mounted everything on black cardstock to give it some pop. There was some white space that needed something. I had also purchased these glitter dots at my LSS along with the stamp, and they worked perfectly to fill in the white space. These glitter dots can also be purchased at Gina K designs. I had purchased some other colors from Gina K and was happy to see that my LSS carried them too! I took the picture and then put the card in a envelope and sent it off to my Aunt Vi. She's well into her eighties, and loves to send and receive cards. I've made some for her in the past and she loved them. I have make more for her. I think she'll like this as well! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Karen Lockhart
Paper: PTI White, black, cerise, cutie pie
Ink: Adirondack black, copic markers
Accessories: ribbon, glitter dots, dimensionals, stickles, crystal effects (for the dots)